Advancement of Global Food Composition Databases

This session is sponsored by ILSI North America, the ILSI Research Foundation, and ILSI Southeast Asia Region.

The importance of comprehensive food composition databases is more critical than ever in helping to address global food security. This session will present an overview of food composition databases around the world and will include case studies on new developments in strengthening these food composition databases to improve the quality of dietary assessment surveys.

ASEANFOODS is the Association of Southeast Asian Networks of Food Data systems. The goal and objectives of the ASEANFOODS, which are in line with those of FAO’s INFOODS, are to strengthen the development of national and regional food composition data with high quality, adequate quantity and accessibility to the users in ASEAN and other regions. This session will provide an update on new developments in ASEANFOODS.

“A Partnership for Public Health: USDA Branded Food Products Database” is a public-private partnership between the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), ILSI North America, GS1 US, and Label Insight whose goal is to enhance public health and the sharing of open data by enhancing the USDA National Nutrient Database with nutrient composition of branded food and private label data provided by the food industry. The publically available data will enhance the capabilities of international databases that use the USDA National Nutrient Database. Information on how countries can submit food composition data to the USDA Branded Food Products Database will be covered.

Welcome and Introduction to the Session
Alison Kretser, MS, RDN (Session Chair)
ILSI North America

Food Composition Databases Across the Globe: An Overview
Morven McLean, PhD
ILSI Research Foundation

New Developments in the Association of Southeast Asian Network’s ASEANFOODS Food Composition Database
E Siong Tee, PhD
Taylors University

What’s New: The USDA Branded Food Products Database
Pamela Starke-Reed, PhD
US Department of Agriculture